Pedro das Neves, CEO of IPS_Innovative Prisons Systems, has been re-elected as a member of the ICPA – the International Corrections and Prisons Association – Board of Directors for a new term of four years. The election took place at the recently held ICPA’s 24th Annual General Meeting and Conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference was attended by more than 600 participants from 74 countries.
In late 1998, the vision of an international correctional association became a reality. Promoted by the Correctional Service of Canada and supported over the years by the Scottish Prison Service, Dutch Custodial Institutions, and the Belgian Prison Service, the ICPA – International Corrections and Prisons Association has grown and increased its influence.
In 1998 the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) had collaboratively organised the first of its kind international symposium “Beyond Prisons” in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. This event would be the motto to establish a world association of the prison sector. That symposium gathered 80 delegates representing 35 countries.
Nearly twenty-four years in, the number of participants in the ICPA Annual General Meeting and Conference have multiplied exponentially, having reached more than 600 participants from 74 countries, in the latest event.
A multinational Board of Directors lives up to ICPA as the only truly global prison and corrections industry association
The organisation has a Board of Directors made up of sixteen highly qualified and experienced professionals in the international correctional sphere. Most of the members of this governing body are senior prison management authorities, current or past, and there are also a few directors coming from the private sector.
Mr. das Neves is embracing his functions at the ICPA Board of Directors until 2026, having stated his “enthusiasm about this renewed commitment to this great organisation”.
In addition to being the founding leader of IPS, Pedro das Neves brings to ICPA extensive experience in the criminal justice sector, particularly in the field of consultancy and advisory in prison and probation systems across Europe and the Americas.
In addition to leading IPS_Innovative Prison Systems, he is the JUSTICE TRENDS Magazine founding Director and Chief-editor and a Board Member of BSAFE LAB – Law Enforcement, Justice and Public Safety Research and Technology Transfer Laboratory of Beira Interior University (Portugal) and international board advisor of the Connecting Hearts Foundation for the Children of Inmates.
Pedro das Neves is also a Criminal Justice Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank, a Member of the Expert Group on European Judicial Training, and an Alternate Member of the Expert Group on the European Arrest Warrant, both at the Directorate General for Justice of the European Commission. Learn more about Pedro das Neves.
The voting assembly at the ICPA 2022 Conference also re-elected Steven Van De Steene (Belgium/France), Commissioner Raphael Hamunyela (Namibian Correctional Service), Emiliano Blanco (Argentina) and elected Lieutenant General Kati Peri, Commissioner General of the Israel Prison Service as members of the Association’s Board of Directors.
The board of directors also includes Peter Severin (ICPA President, Commissioner, New South Wales, Australia), Hans Meurisse (ICPA Vice-President, Former Director of Belgian Prison Services), Diane Williams (President Emeritus of Safer Foundation, USA), Anne Kelly (Commissioner, Correctional Service of Canada), David Brown (Chief Executive Correctional Services, South Australia), Kim Ekhaugen (Head of International Cooperation in the Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service), Leann Bertsch (MTC Vice President, USA), Marayca Lopez (Criminologist, DLR Group), Mark Inch (General, former Florida Secretary of Justice, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons of the USA), Paul Geurts (Prison Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross), and Commissioner Yong Lee Shie (Singapore Prison Service).
Working towards professionalising prison services worldwide
After more than two decades of consolidation and having hosted multiple events and conferences in all regions of the world, the ICPA has solidified its image as the only global community for professionals working in the corrections space (prison and probation) worldwide.
ICPA’s watchwords are “For the Advancement of Professional Corrections” and the work the association carries out is established around events (in addition to the Annual Conference, the ICPA promotes webinars, training initiatives and excellence awards), several specialised Network Groups connecting experts worldwide (prison oversight and human rights, healthcare, juvenile justice, planning and design, R&D, and technology are some of the ICPA’s networks), different Taskforces and also international Projects. Other important assets of ICPA lie in the Resources it makes available to members.